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Frugal Family: Outlet Shopping

Take a look at this week's deals in the area.

We're all watching our family budgets these days. Whether shopping with coupons or looking for two-for-one deals, we're taking advantage of all sorts of offers and savings that help us stretch our dollars.

This column is dedicated to giving you five great local deals each week that will help your family’s bottom line, and since we do the scouting for you, you can save time as well as money. This week, our focus is on outlet shopping in Central New Jersey.

You are a big part of this column. Let us hear about the deals you've seen. Just add them to our comment box.

Crate & Barrel Outlet

315 Cranbury Half Acre Rd., Cranbury

This huge warehouse features discounts of as much as 50% off housewares and home furnishings. Shoppers can get a discount off furniture in the outlet’s scratch and dent section, and through March 31, Crate & Barrel is having a 15% off slip-covered upholstery sale on furniture

Jackson Premium Outets,

537 Monmouth Rd., Jackson, (732) 833-0503

With stores like The Children’s Place Outlet, Dressbarn, Jockey and Yankee candle, the Jackson Premium Outlets has several specials going on. Current discounts include 30% off spring merchandise at The Children's Place Outlet through March 21; $10 off two dresses at Dressbarn through April 3; 25% to 50% off socks, bras and underwear at Jockey through March 15; Bali, Barely There, Playtex, Wonderbra Bras for $16.99 each when you buy three or more at L'eggs Hanes Bali Playtex through April 2; and two County Kitchen Large Jar Candles for two for $20 at Yankee Candle. Join the VIP Shopper Club for exclusive online coupons and a voucher for a free coupon book.

Lenox Outlet

51 Commerce Drive, Cranbury, (800) 587-7444

This outlet offers lowered prices on everyday china, fine china and housewares by Lenox. It’s also a good place to go for those treasured holiday Lenox items. You can also find sale items at Lenox.com.

The Shoppes at Hamilton

Route 130, Hamilton Township 

This shopping mall features stores like Chico’s, Gymboree, The Children’s Place, Banana Republic, Stride Rite Shoes and Coldwater Creek. Through March 20th, shoppers at Chico’s can receive a $20 thank you card redeemable through April 3 for every $100 they spend. On March 13, customers at Bruster’s Ice Cream can purchase a sundae and get a free sundae. At Nathan’s Famous, hot dogs are a buck all weekend long, through March 13. Join the Shopper’s Club to get emails about upcoming news, savings and events.

Ultrecht Art Supplies Outlet Store

6 Corporate Drive, Cranbury, (800) 223-9132

This outlet offers discounts on children drawing supplies (like easels, markers, chalk, crayons, colored pencils, paper and paints), art supplies and teachers’ favorite supplies. Shoppers can also register to receive coupons by email.

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